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True Blood S07E09: "Love Is to Die"


So I’m just going to be real here: This has been one of my favorite seasons of True Blood, and the writing has been on-point right up until this episode, but what the hell was "Love Is to Die”? I feel ashamed having promised y’all thrills and chills in the discussion post. There were no thrills. There were no chills. The only thing close to a rollick was Ginger’s brief ride on Eric’s lap, and I’m afraid the fun was all Ginger’s. 


In our second-to-last episode of True Blood ever, Sam packed up and left, and that was nice, but otherwise the hour was spent treading water and breaking my heart. Jessica falling in love with Hoyt all over again was sweet, but I wish the writers had indicated at some point prior to this that she missed him, because honestly it kind of came out of nowhere. Similarly, Bridget teaching Jason about intimacy was theoretically a great character-building moment, but all I could think during their little pillow talk scene was “Wait... who the hell are you again, lady?”



Don’t get me wrong, this actress seems lovely and she has certainly done her professional duty as an actress by apparently having not eaten a carb in the last five years, but Jason is a major character on this show, and for him to suddenly get up close and personal with an aggrandized extra... like, I’d rather his endgame were Arlene. Or Lafayette. ANYONE viewers have an emotional attachment to. There was a je ne sais quoi about Jason and Jessica as a couple, the kind of good girl/bad boy thing with a twist, and it was derailed in two episodes by Jessica deciding she’s done growing as a person. I guess three years is enough time to get all the mayhem out of your system when you're an immortal vampire?! I don't know. I think she'll still feel constrained by Hoyt. 

Also, Bill is full of bullshit. Billshit, at this point, I think we can call it.





So Bill's dying because he wants Sookie to get over him? Dude, you’re a millionaire vampire. If you really want to disappear from Sookie’s life, you can fake your death and wait her out; Sookie's is mortal, she’s going to be gone in another 50 years or so, and let’s be real, she’ll be hooked up with someone by the end of 48 hours if she thinks you’re a goner. Or if you really, truly want to die, Bill, why die of a slow, protracted, painful illness? Why not have a sip of Sara Newlin, get all better, really gauge how you feel about immortality, and if you're still convinced that you’re all dunzo with existence, then sit up and meet the sun? Bill’s angst just feels a little contrived, and all he did in "Love Is to Die" was pass a note to Sookie via Eric telling her she was the most over-attached girlfriend in history. I am so done with this high-school level billshit.




I am also furious at Pam. Did she misplace her bazooka? How did she mange to get trussed up by the Yakuza again?! Pam is a six-foot-tall ancient vampire. Why is she not a little more proactive about defending herself? Surely it took them at least five hours to put together that insanely elaborate three-rope staking device, so why didn’t she try to overpower them when they were taking a breather after a Home Depot run? 

And that's on top of the fact that Eric has been manipulated by Pam being endangered so many times this season that it’s gotten a little tedious. 



All in all, I feel a little cheated by this episode. There was just so much filler. Sure, some of it was fun—including Sarah Newlin getting highlights by force—but some of it was just a waste of airtime, like Andy going into the office to read Sam’s note while Sookie fretted about him not reading Sam’s note in public. The scene didn't yield any new information or character development, yet for some reason it took about three pages of dialogue. Meanwhile, so many promising story threads have been phased out, like where the hell are the Hep-V vampires who used to maraud through town, giving night scenes a thrilling edge? 

I’m still optimistic about next week's series finale, which I guess is going to be a Yakuza showdown at Sookie’s house, but if "Love Is to Die" did just want to slow down and resolve character relationships, surely there were better character pairings that could have been explored: Jason and Hoyt could have talked for 30 seconds, for example. Ah, well. At least it was new.


QUESTIONS:

... Are you satisfied with Bill’s explanation for why he's choosing to die, or does it seem contrived?

... What characters do you wish we’d spent more time with this week?

... Are you happy that Hoyt and Jessica are back together, or is it bumming you out?

... Where did this episode rank for you in the overall season?


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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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Awesome review!!
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"Billshit"

hahahahahaha!!!!! - priceless.
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Y'all complaining about this episode being slow yet I've been saying this the entire season. I don't know which is worse, Season 5 or Season 7
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I can't even remember what happened in season 5! Was there some major happening or what ...?! -_-'
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... I don't give a f***. Just die already Bill, or live. As i already said, i don't care.

... Pam, Jessica, Lafayette, Jason, Sam, and Andy are my favorites, so...

... I've never been much of a "shipper", so normally i don't care. But i liked Jessica and Hoyt, from the beginning. They were the only couple, i cared about at all. So it's fine by me, if they end up together.

... This episode, was trying to tie up, some lose ends. Hopefully next episode, will have more action, or at least excitement. I rated a 7, not great or even good, but it was alright enough, for it not being the finale.
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This episode was so awful, I created a TV.com account just so I could comment. I actually felt embarrassed for all of the actors who participated in this episode. The writers have really done a disservice to the characters we have grown to love over the years. I've watched True Blood since the beginning and will certainly watch the last episode. But unless a miracle happens this Sunday, True Blood will be going out on a very low note.
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What a mess. So boring... Eric was always so importnt and in this season is like he is not an important character. We haven't seen Pam as she realy is. Jessica and Hots, fine, but too sudden. And just die Bill please.
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Glad to see Jessica and Hoyt may get a happy ending. And agree too much airtime for random dumped girlfriend chick, I'd rather Jason was talking with ghost Tara instead. Got a weird feeling Bill's not going to die like he wants too.
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"I'm taking you back to blonde." - "Huh?!"
"Yeah, 'whorehouse' they understand, of course..."

I could handle any death on True Blood, BUT NOT PAM'S! I need her to stay alive (as alive as you are when you're a vampire ;) ) to get a spin off with Eric, Ginger and Sarah! Pam is the only character who never gave a fuck about Sookie for seven seasons now, and IMO that should be rewarded!! TB writers, stop making her a victim and start showing her vamp skills she had when we met her!

Kinda nothing that Bill does satisfies me, so... I would understand his death wish if he would do it for himself, that he lived long enough, that he wants his peace and maybe see his dead wife and children again, wherever they are, but.... "I have to die so Sookie can move on"...?! Naah, not buying this billshit!
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This season has been truly awful. Last season pulled me back in, kicking and screaming I might add, because I so didn't want to care about Eric again.....but at the start of this season there I was, like an eager little puppy about to get it's first snack treat, all ready and waiting for the final season to start as brilliantly as s6 ended.........instead that excitement has been sucked out of me (pun intended) and now I'm just sitting in front of my tv with a wooden stake in my angry hands sullenly waiting to kill the show myself.
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Sorry, but this is Dexter all over again. Bad decisions, slow plot... just stake it and put it out of it's misery. Nothing's been happening for a while now, I have no clue what direction their moving in for the final, it's sheer loyalty that makes me bother.. thankfully it's one last show, but it would take a miracle to pull a 'good ending' out of this.
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season 7 has been bad in my opinion. what about lafayette's demon magic thing? we just gonna ignore that? okay cool. I also haven't gotten over Tara's off screen death followed by vague mother-issues driven V-induced may or may not be ghost storyline. cool..cool. Hoyt's back...to reboot a romance that he was naturally over with before he was glamoured. Hep V vamps? the faes from season 4 premiere "harvesting". nothing that was suddenly dropped from the past few seasons has been readdressed, and it's annoying because I feel like at the very least that's what Final Seasons are good for. Oh and Bill's crap is definitely contrived. Look i liked this show..even through the rocky parts. But the final season made it into an even bigger joke than before..which is a shame because season 6 was decent enough.

I hope Pam, Lafayette, Jason and Jessica survive. What happened to Willa?
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I can't stand Bridget! Hoyt's grief is all stirred up by packing up his dead Mamma's house, and all this desperate girl can do is go on and on about wanting children. But even if she hadn't nagged about kids at the most inappropriate time, Hoyt would gotten back with Jessica, because theirs is one of the strongest love on the show. Eric letting Ginger jump him was awesome, hilarious, and kinda hot
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I strangely enjoyed this slow-paced, more methodical look at the characters we've known for a long time. It's been an unexpected theme of this final season, one that I'm certain is not to everyone's liking.

Hoyt and Jessica as the endgame feels a lot more organic than Jessica & Jason, and I like it even more so for defying expectations. Plus Brigette has a surprising amount of chemistry with Jason, something I would never expect from a character introduced so late into the series.
Jason's soul searching and continuing growth was both insightful and funny in that silly True Blood way. Nothing too deep, but not too campy either. And I probably enjoyed watching him get knocked out by Hoyt (once again) much more than I should've.

Sookie not being annoying is always a great achievement in and out of itself. Arlene, Sam, Andy, and a few other characters all seem to have found their places by now. Bill is being a tad too overdramatic, but his reasons for seeking true death at least make some sense. I appreciated that final (?) conversation between him and Eric: you could see Eric being influenced by what he heard.

Ginger's dream coming true was a total fan service, and as ridiculous as I'm supposed it was meant to be; which was enough to put an awkward smile on one's face.
I'm only not convinced whether this whole Yakuza and the entire True Blood corporation subplot really fits in. Pam and Eric get treated like servants, and it's hard to belive they would just take it after Eric regaining his power. It's likely to end in a bloody and silly showdown, but so far I consider this final season to be a worthy send-off to a show that has so often been unworthy. Even if that last remaining episode turns out to be a letdown, my opinion is unlikely to change.
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believe* even

There goes my X-th offering for the mysterious, never-to-be-found edit button.
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Oh, and I totally wanted Eric to do that super speedy vampire fucking thing w/Ginger. But that was kind of sweet letting her take control that way. And also, so tremendously funny.

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I guess it goes to prove just how important forwplay really is: Eric indulged her fantasy more than his speed, and the results were hilarious because they were so satisfying for Ginger.

Well done Mr. Northman, well done.
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No I think his explanation was existential "Billshit" I understand sort of, but I'm also thinking that despite all his depth and reflection, it's still a side effect of the Hep-V

I wish that we'd spent more time with juicy scenes, maybe a little more Arlene. She's been so great this season since her rescue, she's so enlightened and insightful. God I love her so much. And we could have had less of the stuff like that scene w/Andy. That sort of seemed more like something that would be a DVD deleted scene extra. Nice, but I didn't need it just now.

I think that I'm OK w/Hoyt & Jessica, but I did sort of think maybe Jason & Jessica, but then once Hoyt came back to town their chemistry has been off the charts. I think that Jessica had resigned herself to being w/o Hoyt, but then seeing him again totally stirred up the love that they shared. And they're really sweet together. And I do wish that I cared more for that girl, whatsername from Alaska. But that scene where Jason laid on his Southern charm on the phone was priceless.

It was just more slow, slouching-toward-Bethlehem heartbreak, which I enjoy, but also makes me feel anxious. I can't believe that it's almost over. And as many things as I may complain about, I've always been and will always be a lover of True Blood. And I'm also disappointed that, while we did resolve the whole Tara hanging on bit, we still didn't see her true death. But there's still time, I see that the series finale is extra long as well. So despite the fact that they're only giving us 10 episodes for the farewell, at least extra long.
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IMO, it was more Fairy-charm than Southern charm.
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But the fairy gene skipped Jason, so he isn't fae at all.
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I really, really hope Sookie dies in the series finale but I know it's not gonna happen. It would be amazing if she did something stupid for the 1000th time but she finally bit the dust. Maybe she decides to walk through the woods alone and gets eaten by a Hep-V vampire or something. I can dream.
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I hate to admit that that idiotic scene with pam in the basement really put down the whole season for me. What moron was writing this? Why the hell would that cowboy yakuza built a contraption like that? And were they all waiting for Eric? How long? Did they do it like a surprise party where someone would signal if he was coming? And again: why the four rope thing? Couldn't he just put a sword to her throat?

I really, really hated that scene because it was just plain stupid and threw me out of the True Blood mindset and back into reality; I wasn't invloved in the characters anymore.


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Ugh!

Bill, STFU...of all the ridiculous character motivations from any show ever in the history of television, this has to be the most ridiculous.

Jessica and Hoyt?!? WTF!?! BOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Jason, dude...I know you've got this whole you wanna do right and what not, but Hoyt dumped that nice piece of Alaskan candy right beside you. You're under no obligation not to go all naked Stackhouse on her.

Ginger, you're still awesome.
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Lily, I love your reviews, they make dull episodes seem so much better. I enjoyed the episode but considering this is the second last episode of True Blood EVER, I found myself expecting more.

While I was hoping that Jessica and Hoyt would end the series together (Jason deserves better) the writers did NOT do a good job of getting them back together, I didn't believe it. Them getting back together felt so forced to me, there was no build up to it in previous episodes. And for Hoyt just to forgive Jessica and blame Jason for everything AGAIN, so unfair! Jason and Hoyt 'breaking up' was one of the saddest moments of the series, this episode brought that back to me.

Writers, writers, writers...what are you doing to Pam?? There is NO way that she would have just let the yakuzas take her hostage again with out killing a few of them, like seriously, Pam is a total badass!!

Not the send off I was expecting for Sam, but I am happy that him and Sookie didn't end up together like in the books, THAT was a disappointing ending, I am hoping that next weeks episode doesn't leave me with the same bad taste in my mouth.
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Yea Jason and Hoyt should of gotten to be friends again rather than start up another doomed human vampire relationship. Maybe in the series finale they still will.
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I totally would have prefered for Jason and Hoyt to regain their friendship, rather then him just getting back with Jessica. I think it is totally unfair that Jason has had to bear the brunt of the fallout of his relationship with Jessica, in my opinion Jessica was more at fault, she was the one in the relationship with Hoyt and it was her responsibility to not cheat on him. Should Jason have slept with her? No, but was he responsible for Jessica's actions? No, everyone is responsible for their own actions and should have to face up to them...rant over =)
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What a terrible disappointment this episode was!!! Pure, senseless BS! Honestly, I think I can't say anything positive about it.

IMO, Bill wants to die because he's tired, he's found out he can't live with the guilt and without his family. As you said, why not face the true death by sun like Godric? Wanting to die to "save" Sookie is absolutely absurd! Yes, Bill just die so Sookie can be with Eric, haha. BTW, Anna Paquin's acting is getting worse by the episode!

Jason with a nobody??? Although I like Hoyt and Jessica together, I would have left him in Alaska and reunite Jessica and Jason instead.

Pam in "danger" again... another BS! There were only a bunch of Yakuza guys in there who Pam could have taken in a split second. And anyway, all the plot around Eric and the Yakuza was all right until they finally found Sarah and he found out he couldn't kill her. Eric doesn't need the money, so why continue the association with them?

Agree there was lots of unnecessary filler, like Andy reading Sam's "letter", Pam and Sarah's beauty parlor scene and even Ginger's getting lucky with Eric which on another episode would have been great, in this one, it was devoid of the necessary sarcastic effect.

If they don't fix this in the finale, True Blood will end as badly if not worse than Lost... which is saying a lot! One of the most utterly disappointing series ending of all times, IMO.
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I like Bill. He's cool. The way he speaks is like a parent spoon feeding their child. Speaks gently and slowly. I like Bill.

Eric is badass, and you can't not like characters like him. As a child I always supported baddish good characters.

  • I would be upset because the coyote could never hurt the road runner
  • Damn bugs bunny would always outsmart his nemesis' - all I ever wanted was for Daffy to come out on top of the battles
  • Why couldn't Tom capture Jerry and have him for lunch or supper? Cats dominate mice
  • I HATE TWEETY BIRD...poor sylvester
  • Was it too much to ask for the Brain to take over the world? IS it too much to ask?
Eric is badass. I like Eric. Pam is a part of the package. I like Pam too.

I like Jessica minus the love bullshit. Although I was hoping she ended up with Jason...no sweat she can goto whoever. I still like her character.

I like Jason. His character is awesome. The sharing a secret scene with Brigette was priceless. It was too much to ask from Jason's brain. She will learn with time.

There are many characters I dislike, others which I didn't mind. Some were mehhhhh.

My brain is slow at processing information. But after 7 seasons it has concluded that the one character I do not like is Sookie.

The point I'm attempting to make is, for all those viewers who are upset with this season or another or the end...while your view is respectable, there are many who will disagree.

Bad writing or good writing, not everyone will be satisfied. I find TB was always a decent show with ups and downs, but that's to be expected with any show.

The ending doesn't bother me as much, but then again I don't dwell over matters such as "what was the point of Bill's flashbacks" - the show has had many fillers over it's 7 seasons, so move on. Or "oh how can Pam get captured by humans?", I found it more surprising when Jason was going around popping vampires with 100% accuracy. Or Hoyt taking one shot to the heart to put an end to a character full of so much potential.

Anyway, hope that makes some of you feel better. If it doesn't...well then...mercy me for trying.
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Bill needs 2 to snap the f out of this drama mode..snookie is big girl..she knows what she wants... also i cried my eyes out with ginger and eric seen..i've never seen anyone so happy in the prospect of getting f...lol..like the best scene ..ever
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But I was hoping for more of her nutty screaming. So awesome!
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Alright I need to address this because it's been bugging me for a while. Why the hell are Eric and Pam so afraid of the Yakuza?!?!?!

See now when we first saw them in the vineyard I assumed they were vampires (rightly so I thought, after all they captured Pam.) Also when we saw Eric fighting them at that event where Shara's parents were killed I thought "Badass! Eric's taking on all these vampires even when weakened from Hep-V!"

Then we get the episode where Sookie first sees them and she reads the Cowboy Yakuza guy's thoughts. I was like "Uhhhh what the fuck?" They were human the whole time? Why the bloody hell is Eric and Pam worried about the Yakuza? They're humans! They should be able to tear them apart without a whiff of effort, especially now that Eric is healed.

Also if they are human, how the hell do they keeping getting the drop on Pam and capturing her?
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I guess I've been thinking that some of them were vampiresor that those machine guns they're toting have wooden bullets which means that they don't have to be that fast (the people), the bullets will be fast for them. I think that may be why they're (Eric & Pam) so cautious around Yakuza (humans).
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The bigger question is why do yakuza even need Eric? At first it made sense because he was suppsoed to lead them to Sarah. But then he loses his temper again and kills his sister and Yakuza have to track Sarah with a satellite. So why enlist Eric in the first place if they could use satellite from start?

Even now Eric is doing jack shit for them and Yakuza have to worry if he'll talk to somebody about cure or screw them over in some other way. They did all the work and Eric is there just taging along, expecting to haul in 1,75bn dollars. "You need me!" "Like hell we do! You aren't providing anything now and what you may provide later we can get from thousands of other vampires."

And what's with the elaborate setup? Din't Authority have some electronicaly activated stakes tied to vampires chests in some previous season?
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It's bugging the shit out of me too, that's why some of them should have been vampires. It doesn't make sense. Even the writers don't know how they keep getting the drop on Pam, because each time it has happened, it has happened off-screen. Hopefully, they will finally wise up and kill all of them together.
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Poor Eric. I guess he's so ancient he never got to experience high school...until last night. I laughed as Bill discouraged Eric from the possibility of being with Sookie because of his "darkness". Bill may have had good intentions during his speech, but he came off pretty conceded. I really hope that Eric and Sookie end up together since he's been the most consistent guy in her life throughout the seasons. After all the Billshit (love that term!) he's caused, he deserves to die from this disease and for her to find happiness with someone else Eric. If anything, he should have taken the cure to relieve the guilt Sookie feels for infecting him, and then gone off for an afternoon stroll.

Andy has had great moments in pretty much every episode this season, which is why I was so frustrated that he got shat on in the penultimate episode. That scene, any Sam related scene really, is poison. I didn't care when Sookie was reading his letter so I sure as heck didn't care when Andy was given his. But let's all be super grateful the creators didn't suffer a stroke along the way and have them end up together like in the book.

Pam should have been able to take the Yakuza douches on without much difficulty, but there she was yet again on the pointy side of a stake. Granted I'll give them brownie points for the creative contraption. Her hilarious scenes highlighting Sarah's hair almost makes up for that. Most scenes with Anna Camp will have that effect.

Ginger. Ginger. Ginger. She is the walking poster child for if you don't succeed, try try again. Good for her.
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I know it's not fair to judge something I haven't seen yet but I'm a bit disappointed at the thought of the season ending with a Yakuzo showdown. Especially after all the crap that Sookie and co have faced - witches, maenads, a vampire-faerie etc. It's bad enough watching them trash talk Eric - a 1000 year vampire, and constantly incapacitate Pam, who's getting tied up more often then Penelope Pittstop, I just can't buy into the idea of a corporation being True Blood's last big bad. :-(
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I'd say: Good for Ginger. She waited more than enough.

Bonus points because, in the end, it wasn't as good for Eric as it was for her, but for totally different reasons!
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I don't know why I enjoyed Hoyt punching Jason so much. Clearly it wasn't deserved as he beat him up and Jason agreed to let himself be forgotten. Either way, still laughing at that, and Jason's predictable nonchalance about a new concussion.

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After investing all these years in TB, I was hoping that the series would go out with a memorable bang. One more episode to go, and if they go the way of the last episode of DEXTER, DISAPPOINTMENT is not going to be the word I would use....but BORING is the word I would use for this second to last episode!
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The only good scene in this episode was the Threesome of Ginger, Eric and the Throne.

Pam why did you ruin Numi's hair? Why? :(
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Totally agree with this sentiment.

But...

It was great to hear mazzy star. It should have been on the credit roll though.
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All I gotta say about Bill, SNAP OUT OF IT YOU STUPID ASS!!!!! I don't which I'm more pissed about. Jessica going back to Hoyt, or the fact Jason seems to have just thrown in the towel on her. Funny how Eric seems to be the only voice of reason right now. Guaranteed he kills those Yakuza for the fact of what they were gonna do to Pam and for the fact that there's no way in Hell he will let any harm come to Sookie.
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Please allow me this extremely long rant and some quick opinions about last night's episode...

About Bill's decision to let himself get off: I'm a big reader of this site, therefore I am also a big fan of Price Peterson, rarely missing any of his TVD recaps. I do, however, completely disagrees with his take on immortality - if you have read any of his rants last season against characters not giving their all to survive, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Now, probably because I'm from the old-school of thought when it comes to nosferatus (Bram Stoker, Richard Matheson, but especially Anne Rice), my personal conclusion on the matter is kinda different. In short: immortally without some kind of major evolution, both physically, mentally and emotionally, is a faith way worse than death. Now don't get me wrong - I'm pretty sure that the first hundreds of years, which you would spend learning, travelling, orgying, maybe even flying, and, of course, not dying, those years would be the tit. But, as Rice's many anti-heroes have already proved, what seems to at first being the greatest benediction ever given would eventually turn out to be the worst malediction ever cursed on someone.
Life as a vamp will ultimately turn out to be the worst because:
  • Every single person you ever cared about will pass away... unless you're stupid enough to curse them too.
  • Like it or not, you will end up killing a bunch of innocents along the way, even if you're not a complete psychopath to begin with - sounds like total fun, carrying those deaths on your conscience of eternity...
  • Probably worst than all, shit WILL change around you, and you WILL NOT be able to adapt to them, since you DON'T really change, making you go INSANE in the process. Instead of the endless Sookie-Bill-Eric fan-fiction out there, you know which ones people should have wrote? Eric reconciling his 11th century/Viking mentality over the fact that the Earth isn't flat, and therefore in no way can anyone fall off of it if they happens to be near its 'edge'... or, even better, how he, Godric and/or Russell Edgington managed to survive their brains melting on July 20, 1969, during the Moon landing - fun facts: do you realize that a lot of people seriously thought the Moon was made out of cheese in the 19th century? That's just two hundreds years ago! Can you even phantom how fuck up the idea of walking on it would sound like for anyone who happened to have been walking the Earth for more than a thousand years!? It would be like explaining to your grand-folks, still all about vinyls and 8-tracks, how many songs you can put in a IPod nano... but like a million time worst. How exactly didn't that make the lot of them go "Ooooooh... fuck this! I'm going to sleep!"? No wonder most of Rice's vampires went into hiding when they 'couldn't deal' anymore...
If you want more reasons why immortality sucks, check out Cracked's 5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death. ALL OF THIS TO SAY... Completely understand why Bill feels like he lived enough. Unlike Northman, he never wanted, nor accepted becoming a blood-sucker to begin with (all those flashbacks he had this season pretty much cemented that notion); he admitted to just going through the motion most of his existence; and only found purpose and redemption after meeting Ms Stackhouse. And yes, he is definitely poison to her. So, when all is said and done, him calling it quick makes sense - yes, it's majorly sucks for his ladies, who went above and beyond to save him, but they'll both be fine, in the long run, and he knows it. Living for about 170 years is long enough for anyone to figure out if you want to live one more day or not... so I'm a-ok with your decision, vampire Bill.

Other things I'm quite fine with:
  • Ginger finally getting hers (she's ruining for any other men on this planet, but, then again, wasn't she already?)
  • Hoyt and Jessica back together (more for Hoyt's sake, actually... more on that later.)
  • Sam choosing his family over the hellhole he chose to open a bar in (how bad is Bon Temps, Louisiana? It is so bad that, by comparison, Chicago is deemed way safer!)
  • Jason straight-up telling a hot chick he will not have sex with her - attaboy, Jase! And how cute was Brigette when she tried to convince him (or, more accurately, herself) that sex wasn't on the table? Ultimately, Stackhouse thinking with his brain instead of his dick is a major character improvement... for last night anyway - it's pretty obviously the writers wants to do a sort of 'girlfriends swap' here, which... more on that later.
On the 'this is pretty awful' front... the yakuzas storyline is definitely starting to annoy me. Gus is a total mystery to me, one moment showing us how clever he is (his marketing strategy for New Blood), the next turning into a total moron (you know her name is Sookie Stackhouse, Gus... why are you asking Eric where she lives? You can track down Sarah Newlin from space, but you can't Google Sookie's name and 'Louisiana' together!? GOAWD...) I hope against hope that, during what we all expect to be a unbelievably stupid confrontation between the yakuzas and Bon Temps for the life of Sook, Gus stops being a dumb thug and start acting like a goddamn businessman, and make her an offer to STFU about the cure, like, you know, a normal businessman would do. Yeah, it would make the series finale a whole lot less bloody, but it would also make way more sense, plus I don't want to end the series with me completely disliking Gus - I understand his rage here, getting screw so majorly by both humanity and vampires in the last couple of years, but it's more than time he puts down the katana and puts on his thinking hat and gets business done right.

... Never gonna happen, isn't it?

In other things that bothers me:
  • ... They made Jess into a complete slut, didn't they? Again, happy to see her back with Hoyt, but she hooked up with Jas, what, 84 hours ago? And Hoyt, God bless his heart, forgot she even existed 'til two days ago, am I correct? And the only reason why she went after him, completely torpedoing his relationship with Brigette, was because of the drama surrounding Bill - just like she ended up having sex with Jason, because of the drama with James and Lafayette, right? Geez... I'm still rooting for that girl, more than I expected to after the whole 'eating Fairy babies' incident, but I don't like where this whole 'coping-with-sex' thing she got going is leading... More than time you go see a psychiatrist to nip this in the butt, Ms Hamby.
  • Less mentioning Jase's desire to have loads of kids, and completely ignore the fact he probably already have two or three litters of them walking around...
  • In what world do you leave a kid the side of Hoyt on the bench during a high-school football game? He is, by faaaaar, the biggest mofo, size-wise, in Bon Temps - was he a very late bloomer or something!?
  • Alright, Sam, you left a letter for Sookie... but how about also leaving something behind for Arlene, Holly and/or Lafayette - you know, your ex-employees who actually showed up to work most days? Kinda dickish, broah.
  • ... We're not going to get an appearance of Ruby Jean, Lafayette's mom, at all this season, aren't we?
All and all, this penultimate episode was fine. I'm dreading the series finale, not because I'm about to lose cherish characters, but because I doubt Brian Buckner and his writing crew can stuck the landing. I'm not foreseeing a disaster of "Dexter" proportion, but I'm not at all feeling good about it either.

Anyway... more than time to put this baby to rest.
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Wow, this is some deep shit. This yakuza storyline is frustrating me to no end. As far as the ending, I think it could reach the disaster of Dexter. Buckner is the original writer left on this show, and he was also the weakest. They should of brought Alan Ball back for the last episode, because at least he knows how to do an ending.
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Hoyt and Jessica getting back together reminded me of how upset and angry I was when Ted showed up at Robin's with that blue french horn. I am never shipping anything again. This year so many shows have made me angry and sad like that, and I don't even care about TB that much. But I still hated it.
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Loved Ginger and Eric's scene, that was hilarious. I don't have a clue where they're going with Bill, or why they've decided this sort of boring journey he's on was necessary. I also loved Jessica and Hoyt, that was sweet. I didn't mind Jason and the new girl that much, too bad it didn't happen earlier in the series. I really don't understand why the Yakuza decided to use Fangtasia instead of their super secure and fancy office... other than it made it really convenient for Sookie, Bill, and Jessica to sneak in the back way.
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It happened earlier in the series, over and over, but Jason doesn't do monogamy and that's why it never lasts.

Good thing about Brigette is that the show isn't going to last long enough to see if Jason can make it last this time around. (I still wish him hundreds of fat children, hopefully with the same woman).
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Can we just have a show about Eric and Pam, with Ginger and Sarah as their willing and unwilling slaves, respectively? I'd watch the hell out of that!
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I think Ginger finally getting to fuck Eric is the perfect allegory forTrue Blood as a whole.

7 yrs of waiting for a complete & utter anti-climax.

Yes writers I got your hidden meaning' you're as bored with show as we are now!!
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What do you mean? She totally climax.

It was the best sex of Ginger's life! And the best part: Eric didn't get to enjoy himself (that's Karma for you Mr. Northman).
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Oh c'mon we've seen Eric with chained up sex slaves in the dungeon giving it to them from behind at vampire speed for what the character said was hours.

With Ginger it was implied that he didn't even get to "put it in". Ginger may have climaxed but to everyone else it was huge albeit hilarious let down 😊
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Difference is: that was Eric enjoying himself. This, on the other hand, was Ginger enjoying it, regardless if Eric did.
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I call b.s. on this show! So these last 4 eps. Have been a total waste of time for me. I came to the conclusion that I dont give a shit about any of these characters at this point, and they ignore the interesting story line. Eric tries to screw Ginger, buti like this whole season I like alot of the audience must of felt, like Eric were being screwed with a serious anticlimactic feeling. The real insult was the Yakuza were just downstairs with a more interesting story waiting patiently. Were is all all the horror, gore, thrills, and chills? The writers obviously checked out early like the Dexter writers did in sn. 8. Sad because like that show I cant help but feel unexcited about the True Ending, nor want rewatch the entire show knowing how lame it ends, nor would I recommend it to new viewers. God even Lillith in VAMPIRE HELL IS PROBABLY SAYING WHAT A TRULY SUCKY END! Pun intended.
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FTW Eric asking Ginger, are you gonna be okay?
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It was right there with Pam's: if you ruin my jacket, you pay for it sweetie.
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Very disappointed in this penultimate episode. They squandered WAY too much time on Jason and his intimacy issues. That is not the way I wanted to spend the second-to-the-last TB ever. On the plus side, Deborah Ann Woll looked great and was in fine acting form. The dinner scene with everyone at Bellefleur's was poignant and really nice.
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I liked spending time with Jason...just wish he'd been across from someone we knew better!
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On the other han, he has never been with someone he knee better, so it seems fitting.

(Please, don't ruin it this time Stackhouse. I chose to believe that you won't ruin things this time)
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Most of Team Eric has been saying it for YEARS and I'm SO HAPPY that Bill acknowledged it in this episode. Sookie Stackhouse: poster child for battered wife syndrome.

This reason alone is why Book Sookie is smarter than Show Sookie. But that's bc the books were written by a woman and the TV show has been run by men...

anyway, I'm sort of pissed that Bill's reason for dying is for Sookie's own good. WHY THE HELL HAVE WE WASTED SO MUCH SCREEN TIME ON HIS SUPER BORING FLASHBACKS THEN? If he told Sookie he wanted to be with Caroline, I don't think there'd be anything she could say nor would he have gotten two slaps (maybe). Go meet the freaking sun if you want to die, why wait for the hep v to kill you off slowly.
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Are the yakuza even vampires to take on Pam like that?
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Not to mention the usual absurdity of vampires (especially Erik) being capable of moving faster than a human eye can see, but he can't kill the guys before they cut the rope. Say WHAT?
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OR grab the dangling stake before it has a chance to fall.
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The BEST part of this (almost pointless) episode was when Ginger worked herself into orgasm and KO'ed even before Eric put it in. LOL. Love Ginger!
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Trying to make that boring character of Bill Compton interesting (and failing) has been the ruin of True Blood after Season 5. He should have died while in his Billith embodiment. Compton was a snorefest in the books and mildly livelier in TB. If he is so intent on dying could he not just fly to the other side of the world so he can die offscreen and let the show end on a high - at this point a threesome with Eric Pam and Ginger is as good as things can get. Unfortunately damn awful Sookie will be onscreen too doing something annoying and/or stupid
Silverlining: TB's true death thankfully arrives next week...
Final Question: Will TB's ending be better or worst than Dexter's... I think a poll is coming our way...
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As bad as this season is (and I think it's the worst the show had yet)

It's still no where near Dexter. For start, it didn't piss off its entire premise (yet).

Frankly, Bilith was the greatest missed opprotunity this show ever had.
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The thing is, I still enjoy things from this stupid show. I didn't like a damn thing from Dexter's final season, nor have I seen anything as stupid as Harrison falling off the treadmill and Hannah the wanted fugitive taking him to the hospital. That's why I can't put it below Dexter's final season (yet).
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That was my point, it's *not* as bad as Dexter.

While I agree that Hannah and Harrison was stupid, I have to draw the line at:
Dexter deciding not to kill the Daniel just because he loves Hannah, thus making the entire premise of the show that he has a compulsion to kill non-existent and he could have just dealt with it instead of doing everything he did.

(Close second is Hannah just stabbing the bounty hunter with a syringe in the middle of a crowded bus when they are talking about it loudly with people near them)
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Oh... yes... Dexter not killing Hanah... Oh the nightmares are coming back.... Argh.....
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I know it was your point, I was just adding on. I thought the show got on track for a little bit after the even more abysmal season 6, but the point I started getting annoyed again was when he didn't kill Hannah in season 7. That made no sense, and it was even more absurd after she tried to kill Deb, and he didn't do anything.

The whole last season was a borefest, but once Harrison fell off the treadmill, that's when it was just full blown retard.
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I thought it was the best episode in years.
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Okay. What did you like about it?
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It's hard to explain, because I agree with most of your specific points. I really liked the Hoyt & Jessica reunion, but other than that, it's hard to mention specifics. I guess that when you were annoyed by the "filler" conversations, I was enjoying the fact that (with the exception of Bill), they were at least saying things that made sense, and were consistent with their characters.

I liked your recap though, especially the Bill & Eric stuff. And I certainly agree with all of these things:

Jessica falling in love with Hoyt all over again was sweet, but I wish the writers had indicated at some point prior to this that she missed him, because honestly it kind of came out of nowhere.

Or if you really, truly want to die, Bill, why die of a slow, protracted, painful illness?

How did she mange to get trussed up by the Yakuza again?!

Surely it took them at least five hours to put together that insanely elaborate three-rope staking device

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That's totally valid. I mean, I did love some of the conversations too. Honestly I asked because I want to find a way to like this episode. I've loved this season so far and then last night I found myself so irritated. I did genuinely enjoy everything Eric was doing last night, boy-talking with Bill and telling Sookie that he loved a small handful of vampires and her. So yes, there were things there to like.Thanks for your detailed response!
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I liked the Hoyt and Jessica reunion as I am a sucker for a yearning for you can't resist you love story.

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Shockingly enough, I'm with Jason on this: they belong together.
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I think, yes, Bill's explanation for wanting to die, and the entire storyline, is a boring contrivance. Looking back at his flashbacks (cue the sad violin music), they paint a picture of a dutiful and moral person; obeying his father, marrying Caroline, trying to help slaves, marching off to war. All this interspersed with moments of joy (surprisingly liking Caroline), the birth of his daughter) and sorrow (the unjust death of the escaping slave, going to war). His becoming a vampire gave him 200 years of borrowed time. He was really bad, then redeemed by Sookie. Her helping him find his "humanity" is "kind of a big deal" to him. To me, yawn.
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Jessica is unbelievably hot.
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her eye make up is to DIE.
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I'm sure I've watched the 'vampire leaves blonde for her own good' storyline before, have they done it at all previously on True Blood? Or am I mistaking it's familiarity with when that idea was much better executed on Buffy fifteen years ago?
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I instantly thought of the Buffy/Angel scene from Season 3's Graduation episode.
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Yeah Buffy & Angel did it so well. Plus, David Boreanaz back then was *beyond* hot.
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Sarah: if Eric has taught the show anything... don't mess up your new hair that she slaved over.

She WILL kill you.

If Eric can freak out about Pam's reaction to his wrecked hair then you BEST tread carefully.
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This season is all about the psych-outs. The build-up of Andy reading the note was just one of them
A) Pam thinking Eric died again during the assault on Fangtasia
B) Teasers making us think Lafayette OD'ed
C) Sarah freaking out thinking they were going to kill or torture her, when Pam just wanted to do her hair :-)
D) Potential cures around the corner like Sookie's blood

There were more... but it was a whole bunch of "Gotcha!" moments this season, and Andy's was one of them :-)
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